Travelogue: Maggie in Barcelona

At the end of last month, I did my bi-annual buy trip to Milan. I had realized that since I am going all the way over to another continent, I might as well get out and visit other cities while I’m in Europe. This time, I spent 48 hours in Barcelona. My purpose was to mix in with the locals, shop the neighborhoods, and gain some inspiration. To see what new thing I could find and possibly bring back to our Ballard shop.

Travel Tip: arriving at the airport and getting into the city is quite easy. They have a shuttle that leaves every 5 minutes from the airport to Plaza Catalunya and back to the airport. If you take the shuttle Aerobus you can be in and out of the city in 30 minutes.

Like I said my goal was to shop as much of the city as I could in 2 days. I managed to walk various neighborhoods, including Eixample, el Raval, Barrio Gotic, el Born and Gracia. I walked briefly through Las Ramblas, but I wanted to find unique shops and not chain stores. Turns out getting around Barcelona by foot is quite easy!

The shots below are just some of the pictures from my phone camera. Not all the pictures I took were post worthy. Click the photos below for more details. Thanks for visiting and have a relaxing weekend!

 

 

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Summer Daze

More summer and less Monday I say! Because we have had more June gloom in July this year than ever before (well, at least it seems like it), I am craving warmer weather to enjoy the beauty that our area has to offer. As a former Californian, my summer daze in PNW is quite different than my summers at the beach. Here are some images that capture what a now Washingtonian looks forward to in the dog days of summer.

Crescent Lake

Lake hikes with majestic views.

Summer BloomsSummer flowers that add color and fragrance to my home.

Popsicles

Homemade popsicles with seasonal berries.

outdoor dining

Setting an outdoor table to dine with friends and family.

Summer Cabin

A quiet cabin in the woods to rest and recharge.

Sunsets

Sunsets over the sound, lakes, and mountains in the peninsula.

Aren’t you ready for the weekend? I sure am. Have a fantastic week! ~ Maggie

Links and credits to the pretty pictures:

Lake|Flowers|Popsicles|Table|Cabin|Sunset

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Triennale di Milano

La Triennale di Milano - 19

Entrance to “the New Language of Italian Fashion”

While I was in Milan last month, I made some time to go view an exhibition at the Triennale di Milano. It is a contemporary art museum located in Parco Sempione very close to the Cadorna train station. The show was titled ” The New Vocabulary of Italian Fashion”.

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Travelogue: 30 Hours in London

Corner of Bulstrode Pl and Cross Keys Cl.

Corner of Bulstrode Pl and Cross Keys Cl.

I usually travel this time of year to a trade show in Milan to buy shoes for our shop in Seattle. When an extremely low ticket to London made its way through my search as an inexpensive way to Europe, and through London none the less, I jumped on it. It had been 15 years since I visited last. I had to go, right? Right!

I should preface this post by saying that I like to shop when visiting cities. I like to get a feel of what is going on and what trends are happening. I consider it my job to shop. This was not your typical 30 hours in London. I did not go to Buckingham Palace, Harrods or Kensington Gardens. Since I had been to these places before, I wanted to experience London as a local shopper. And by George, I did.

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